Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday I wasted time while I was sitting & reading in the sunshine on our deck, something I often do in nice weather. But I don't think it's wasting time......I NEED quiet time, alone, with the sun. I'm a happier person if I am not 'peopled out'.
Watching TV is another way I waste time, and I think of it as a true time waster. Generally I am doing something when I sit in front of the 'boob tube'. I often write letters, read magazines, talk on the phone, sort things, etc. when the TV is on. I never have TV on during the day and in the summer is comes on much later in the evening...."when it's dark, it's night and safe to turn on the TV but when it's light outside it's time to do things".
But my real time waster is the computer and my NOOKcolor. My laptop is on my kitchen table so it's soooooooooo easy to peek at it and end up staying for an hour (or 2). On the positive side it's really nice to be able to look up a recipe and have it right here. I like allrecipes, it allows you to have your personal recipe book online. http://allrecipes.com/ I use to have to print the recipe, bring it upstairs, and then I'd loose it anyway, now it's easily accessible. The other night I was tired but wanted to check email so I took my laptop and sat in my recliner in front of the TV and was there until almost 1am...........I am usually in bed before 10pm. After that I couldn't sleep so I had the TV and my Nookcolor on until about 2am. :-( Several nights ago I was trying to figure out my email on my ereader and ended up fooling around for over an hour there too.....I never did get it figured out so will have to call customer support. (heavy sigh)
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I am so frustrated with myself, I tried on the dress I was thinking of wearing tomorrow and I look like a big, stuffed, old, matronly woman. If I don't like any of my other (few dresses that are all the same color-browns, black, with a little green or turquoise thrown in) I will be $@)*^$# and just wear pants! I think some day I am going to look for a dress that is pretty and looks good on me. I'll have to plan a shopping day out of town b/c we have nothing here. I also need to stop eating every sweet thing that is in front of me. What happened to that skinny girl who was a fussy eater???? yes, I was skinny and fussy.
It's only 7:30am right now and the sky is pretty gray, but the sun might peek out later and no significant rain is predicted and the boys are looking forward to the egg hunt so I hope to have it. I also invited our 7 yr old nephew to join in. The parents are invited for a late lunch after the egg hunt, but I doubt if the boy's parents will show up. I am making a very simple lunch of sloppy Joe's. I have 78 eggs to hide (after I took out a few to hide for (almost) 3 yr old M and some to put in my other grands baskets). Hopefully hubby will help me hide them. Before all the mayhem occurs I have to stop at the grocery store and buy some essentials....good thing there isn't a clothing store here or I'd be tempted.......
Once again thanks to all who stopped by and left a comment. I will be checking out your blogs!
Hope you have a happy and blessed Easter!!!!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Today my grandsons (as per mom's suggestion) called and asked if they could come over in the afternoon. Of course I said yes. The plan was to spend some time at the library and then attend church. Grandson J needed to call 2 people to thank them for BD gifts......he called my friend willingly but when it came to calling great grandma he wasn't in the mood.....so I let him delay. When I finally made him do it he had a major fit..........he is EXTREMELY stubborn (the worst of mom and dad). Grandpa got mad, I 'm upset, J was bawling. Grandpa gave him an ultimatum, which J could not comply with so grandpa told him he couldn't go to church with me or come over on Saturday.....then he cried harder. I really try to stay out of the situation when grandpa gets involved. Later I walked into the living room and tried to get J to calm down. He finally was quiet and agreed to apologize to grandpa, but grandpa just yelled at him. Hubby says I baby him, just like I babied J's dad..???...we've had plenty of disagreements over him. :-( I guess I just feel for the 'underdog', I try to be compassionate. so..........against grandpa's wishes I took the boys to church.........I know K is mad b/c he would not even say good bye to J when he left, he had the door shut and only said good bye to grandson S. I've learned that it's best to let hubby calm down (same as it is with my grandson). I know it was probably wrong to have taken the boys to church when grandpa said he had to go home but I felt it was more important to calm J down (as opposed to taking him home screaming & crying) and try to explain things to him, and that he go to church. (Grandpa grudgingly said he didn't care, just before we left.)
What do you think?
thanks for helping me muddle through this
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I am still plagued by my lack of relationship with person X, I really hate the cold war. I'd like to clear the air and move on. Yesterday's sermon said to forgive as Jesus as forgiven us....I'm pretty slow and stubborn so I may need a few days yet.
Saturday afternoon we went to a birthday party for 6 year old J (had a 1 hour notice??????) We'd never get away with giving them an hour's notice to come here. Oh well......
Sunday bff & I went to pick up my Girl Scout cookies from my son's daughter and leave the kids their Easter Baskets. YUMMMM .... 4 boxes of cookies, just what I need! NOT! My daughter in law made a delicious home made chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for us. It was much appreciated! She's a sweetie, I wished they lived closer so we could do things with them. My children's lifestyles are more similar to ours (quieter) than hubby's kids are....maybe it's the age difference. Later I stopped at my sisters to drop off her "Easter basket" . On the way home we stopped at Goodwill where I found this cute jacket, Bff found it first but it fit me better. :-). It's much cuter in person. I also found a Hawaiian type shirt for grandson J, he may or may not like it....no biggie b/c it was on clearance. I found a dress too (sadly it is black/cream - the main theme for all of my clothing since I am not a size 10 anymore). I can add color with a belt and shrug or sweater (it needs both). I got it b/c it is a longer length (which is what I prefer).And now for Java's Meet Me Me On Monday http://nevergrowingold.blogspot.com/2011/04/meet-me-on-monday_17.html you can also click on the button on the right of my blog.
1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad? Tuff one, I like both. When veggies are in season it is definitely a garden salad. I LOVE fresh tomatoes and grow some in pots during the summer.
2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th? No, I might catch a few glimpses of it but I really don't care.
3. Last thing you spent lots of money on? My credit card bill.............I don't spend lots of money at one time. I will have to pay for my Washington DC trip this summer.
4. Window seat or aisle seat? Window, I like to look out, although I should take the aisle seat b/c I have long legs.
5. Do you know your blood type? I think so.....O+....or whatever the most common type is. I do know that I have an antibody (anti kell, I think). When I was single I gave blood regularly and one time received a letter from the Red Cross and I was sure I had AIDs, I panicked before I opened it....but it only stated the name of the antibody. Whew!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Questions: 1. Who would be your dream celebrity date?
I don't pay attention to celebrities nor do I wanna go on a date. I know that sounds crass, but it's true.
2. Do you have any food restrictions?
Nope, unless you listen to my dr and she says to eat more fruits & veggies, fewer sweets.
3. How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?
My best guess is an hour, but I can be ready in 45 minutes, it all depends on my hair. The older I get the less I care about how I look. I ALWAYS wear makeup, even if I am not going anywhere. I am less concerned with my hair these days. I like windy days so I have an excuse for messy hair (that is almost true).
4. Sausage or bacon?
Turkey bacon, have my grandson hooked on it too.
5. Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo? Google
....the weather report states "10 degrees warmer away from the lake"
....you have the flashlight, batteries, and your radio handy
....there's a spot in the interior of your basement, away from windows, ready in case of a tornado
....you spend hours watching non-stop weather reports of a possible tornado and/or strong thunderstorms
And that is exactly what we did last night. The lightening was beautiful, I would have loved to stand outside and watch it, but I was afraid to. Our tornado siren went off twice last night but the storm quickly passed by us. We only got rain and lightening. I was able to go to bed at 10 and know it was essentially over for us. I will have to find out how my sister & daughter fared the weather. They live in different parts of the state. The silver lining is that we are finally experiencing upper 40's and even 50 degree temps. YAY!!!!!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
...that I have a 'smart' alarm clock that will reset itself after a power outage and when the time changes. I'm sure that feature will come in handy in the next few months, it's nearing the time of year for thunderstorms.
...for TV sleep timers. I often put my TV on a timer at bedtime and do it for grandson J too.
...for women friends. Whether I was dating or married my girlfriends always held/hold a special place in my heart. I'd never cancel a planned date with a g/f for a last minute date with a guy. Our husbands/men are important but their love & friendship is different from that of a girlfriend.
...for sunshine, books, and my deck. Our deck is not pretty but I love to sit outside and read or watch my gran kids play.
...for 9 beautiful and healthy grandchildren and their parents.
...that I am a Christian and that grandson J believes too. (He is not the only one who is, just the one I take to church.)
...for clothes dryers - I remember my mom struggling to hang out clothes in inclement weather.
...for chocolate, especially dark.
...for the ability to only work part time. These are just of the few things I am grateful for. Thanks for reading and please share what you are thankful for.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Today promises to be lots of fun. First I am going to do a little shopping with bff and then making flowers at Archivers. Watch for a post of the beautiful things I made. When we get back it's Happy Hour at another friends home.
As you know, most places have 4 seasons.........here, near Lake Michigan, we have 5 seasons.... It may be spring in your area but it's 'cooler near the lake' here. It will be about 10 degrees warmer (inland) where we are going today. At least we will get to see some sun. It is the season I hate, I wanna be warm like everyone else but we may have fog and coolness. :-(
Now for the Friday 56: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56. *Find any sentence that grabs you. I am reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Have you read this book? I have only just started it. I can tell it is one that I don't want to read...it is so so so distressingly sad......
p. 56 "A middle aged woman quickly crossed the street and gently pressed something into her hand. It was a small roll of soft bread."
It was so hard to pick one sentence, I picked the only sentence on the page that showed some kindness....and it made me wanna cry too.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday was kinda wasted, Tuesday I worked and had a Red Hat meeting. It was fun...we ate (one important item on our agenda), did the crossword puzzle I made up (see previous post in March), and decorated eggs. We have some talented and imaginative women in our group. My egg looked like crap....I had to laugh at it. I used some markers that didn't dry and the faced I drew on it smudged. Wednesday I worked, I didn't think I'd have anything to do....but whenever I think that TONS of things come up that I have to do. I don't mind at all, I prefer to be busy. Grandson J and I went to church for supper and service. He likes going on
Wednesday nights....not sure if it is b/c we get a piece for our cross every week or just the socializing. It's good to see him feeling comfortable with the people and Pastor. he has always liked our Pastor. He commented (regarding communion-he knew we don't have it during lent) when the acolyte light the 2 altar candles and he had a question about the candles on the processional cross. He slept (on my lap) through most of the sermon....or so I thought. On the way home he brought up the fact that they 'gambled for Jesus' clothes) so we discussed it and how painful crucifixion is. After I dropped him off at his other grandparents house I watched a little of Extreme Couponing on TLC and finally folded the 2 baskets of clothes that have been waiting for me for several days.
That brings me to this (early) morning. I was planning to stay home and clean, do laundry, bake, and make some cards. But no, I have to go the grocery store and get chocolate chips for the Amish bread that I will bake today but I should have baked it yesterday. J and I love the chocolate chip bread, I'll also make the plain (hubby eats that), and if I can find a recipe for it I'd like to try it with bananas. I can't find the chocolate chips I had....maybe I ate them???? ;-) As long as I am out I'll drop off some more books....I still have 2 boxes left, even though I drop some off several times a week. Oh yeah, I hve to put gas in my car .....I've been putting that off....yesterday it was $3.75 gal.
Next is friday.... YAY!!!!! I and bff are going to Archivers to take this class....that's why I have to fill my gas tank. Hopefully we can leave early and stop at Savers (thrift store) first. We want to get back early enough for 'Happy Hour' at a friends home.
Monday, April 4, 2011
What I heard while laying in bed and listening to the radio early this morning:
1) Southwest Airlines has had 2 'malfunctions' in the past week....that is the airlines Hubby took to and will be returning from AZ on....makes ya think, eh?
2) Cover a burn with flour to prevent blisters. I checked this on Snopes.com and it is only an old wives tale, running cool water over the affected area is the still the best action.
Today I have my usual Monday morning errands....I wanted to meet a friend for coffee, but she is busy :-( We scheduled a date for next Monday. My budget has to be worked out!!! (Maybe if I post my intentions it will get done) This afternoon I am going to work on a new flower making technique for cards or scrapbooks, I will post the results tonight (I hope).
After a day of rain, snow, thunder & lightening, and hail yesterday today we just have gray. It's above freezing tho....(trying to look on the bright side). Tomorrow morning we will have sun (YES) and high 40's, the snow will be melting again.
And while we are on the subject of TV, Friday nights use to be so good for wasting time in front of the 'tube'. I'd watch What Not To Wear and then some HGTV shows...but not anymore. Now there are hours of wedding dress programs (the name escapes me).
Maybe there is a message in that for me - I should be working my scrapbooks instead????
It's time for Java's Meet Me On Monday. http://nevergrowingold.blogspot.com/2011/04/meet-me-on-monday.html
1. If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Only one???? a sandwich???? (that might be cheating)
2. Do you write your blog posts in advance or the day you post them? the day I post them, as it pops into my mind, I am not a 'professional' blogger
3. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? Yup, auto accident (broken femur) in 1983....wow, that is decades ago
4. What is your favorite candle scent? vanilla
5. Coffee or tea? TEA, hot or cold, and unsweet
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Weeeeellllll person X accused me of gossiping, when I asked what I said I got "you know, if I tell you you will just say you didn't say it". Some of my friends were brought into it and I called them to see what they had to say (not that I distrust them, just looking to find out what X is talking about). Person Y wouldn't answer the phone....so here I sit. Chest pounding, tears flowing, and clueless. If it wasn't for person B I would just disassociate myself from them.
Bff and SIL calmed me down and I will now try to let it go. This is so hurtful. I'd like to know what I am accused of. ....
a couple of hours later.....I did talk to person Y and it wasn't that big of a deal. X likes to blow things way out of proportion. I feel so much better, even tho I did not accomplish much.
I did make Gnochhi soup http://lindaloveschocolate.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-love-this-soup.html
Tonight I have to make a birthday card for A......love you! sorry I am late again with the card.
I guess the best thing is that I won't have to use eye makeup remover tonight. ;-) And......I think there is a new Desperate Housewives episode on tonight....I hope, I hope.
BTW my life normally does not have such drama.....
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Wednesday was a slow day at work, I was looking for things to do. Grandson J and I went to the church supper and service. He is such a social butterfly (like his dad), he wanted to sit by and visit with his Sunday school friends and teachers. Good thing he gets along with girls b/c he is the only little boy there. Thursday I got some (not enough) housework done and ran errands. I was tired and went to bed early. After work on Friday hubby picked up fish lunches for us (he never wants to go out anymore), I washed the dishes and spent the rest of the night reading. Maybe it's my cold or maybe it's just me.
I finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I liked it, but as someone else said, it's a little too wordy. I skimmed over some of the long explanations/details. I was a reading manic b/c it was an ebook I borrowed from the library. Today I will pick up an actual book for our next book club discussion.
Today hubby is leaving for a week in AZ, it's the guys annual golf trip. I am not sure why he goes, he doesn't show any excitement, never talks about it, and is not even packed (he leaves in 4 hours). That shouldn't surprise me....he never shows emotion. He is not very social, he either sits in front of TV in the family room all day or upstairs at his desk all day (working on his sports cards collection. He is NOT a talker, especially to me. I guess I am just use to it...note...I did not say I like it. I am rather independent and have learned to rely on myself at a young age....so I deal with it.
Hopefully next week will be more interesting.